THE NETHERLANDS, Wageningen Solidaridad and Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) launched the Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal (STIP) at the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels on 21 April 2015.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world due to growing demand for seafood. Seafood buyers worldwide are struggling to meet this demand because most processing factories cannot supply seafood that meets the requirements of high-end markets, such as those in Europe and America.
Together with a group of leading seafood companies, Solidaridad and Wageningen UR have developed the STIP. It provides insight in seafood supply chains, helping suppliers and buyers to find each other, connect, trade and invest in tomorrow’s sustainable seafood supply. It does so through a supplier and a buyer search engine, focusing on seafood suppliers from Asia and South America and buyers around the world.
STIP will first launch its supplier database with 35 processing factory profiles from Bangladesh and 16 processing factory profiles from Myanmar. All factories included in the database are EU approved. The ambition is to include factories in Peru, Ecuador, India, Indonesia and Vietnam in the course of 2015. In 2016, STIP will also launch its buyer database with company profiles of seafood buyers from around the world.
Wageningen UR and Solidaridad work closely with public and private sector partners in the EU and US and with sector associations in Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) and the Myanmar Marine Processors and Exporters Association (MPEA) have facilitated data collection during the factory visits. Both associations have supported the development of the survey to collect supplier information and facilitated the discussion with their members about how STIP would contribute to the sustainable future of the seafood industry.